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January 09, 2019

Authorities search Pennsylvania landfill for missing Staten Island dad

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Mikey Stewart SI Source/NYPD

Michael "Mikey" Stewart, 40, of Staten Island, New York.

The New York City Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police joined forces this week to search a landfill where they believe the body of a missing man may have been transported after his disappearance.

Staten Island resident Michael Stewart, 40, went missing on Dec. 20. He was last seen at a barber shop in the Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood, with a man who has since been identified as a person of interest in a suspected homicide, according to the Staten Island Advance.

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Michael Yoder of the Reading Eagle tweeted Monday that NYPD and PSP vehicles were spotted in Morgantown, Berks County. Police reportedly were searching the Republic Service Conestoga Landfill.

A video obtained from the Back 2 Life barber shop shows Stewart talking to 33-year-old Angelo Nesimi, who was later arrested in connection with a unrelated incident of alleged domestic violence.

Nesimi reportedly has denied any involvement in Stewart's disappearance.

The father of a 4-year-old, Stewart texted his mother on Dec. 21, "Please help me Mom," before his disappearance, according to the New York Post.

Investigators believe there is a possibility Stewart's body was dumped in New Jersey and later incinerated with trash before winding up at the landfill in Berks County.